- Field Experience: Seniors travel to historical locations, such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Bent’s Old Fort national historical sites to study the role of commemoration and memory.
- History Honor Society: Join Iota Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, one of Western’s oldest academic honor societies.
- History League: Sponsors activities including a book club and catapult construction.
- Internships: Land an internship with the Crested Butte Heritage Museum.
- Study Abroad: Travel to India, Ecuador, Prague, London, Italy or Belize through Extended Studies.
Faculty & Staff
Public historians engage the public with the past. Whether it be working in classrooms, museums, historical sites, libraries, government or business, public historians bring our most important insights about the past to people of all ages outside of specialized academic settings.
The Public History emphasis is built on a core of History courses, which introduce students to the associated fields of historic preservation, archival sciences, museum curatorship and oral history while being supported by academic historical content courses. Students add to their historical knowledge and develop practical field skills through supporting courses in Anthropology, Communication Arts, Environment & Sustainability and Recreation & Outdoor Education.
Mirroring the broad application of public history, the emphasis offers additional courses in Art, Business, Computer Science, Geography and Politics & Government that allow students to align their coursework to their skills and interests.
Students may also choose to earn a Master in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization (MGES) or Master in Environmental Management (MEM) degree in just five years through Western’s innovative 3+2 programs. Highly motivated and academically qualified students in the 3+2 track spend their first three years earning their B.A. in History and their final two years earning their MGES or MEM.
Public historians carry an array of titles and work in fields from business and government to museums and libraries. Public History graduates find careers as:
- Community Activists
- Cultural Resource Managers
- Environmental Consultants
- Film and Media Producers
- Gallery Managers
- Government Historians
- Historic Preservationists
- Historical Consultants
- Historical Interpreters
- Local Historians
- Museum Professionals
- Oral Historians
- Policy Advisers
Reach out to Heather Thiessen-Reily, Ph.D. for more information.